The Golden State Warriors rebounded nicely after losing a heartbreaker on Saturday to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Stephen Curry had 23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Warriors to a 94-83 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night in Salt Lake City.
With the victory, the Warriors have as many road wins (11) as last season and are now tied with the San Antonio Spurs for most in the NBA this season.
The Warriors got 18 points and nine rebounds from David Lee. Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson each had 15 points. Andris Biedrins added a season-high 12 rebounds, including 10 in the first half.
Al Jefferson led Utah with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap had 14 points and seven rebounds. Enes Kanter was the only other Jazz player in double-figures with 10 points.
The Warriors took control of the game early. After Jefferson scored the game’s first four points, Curry answered with nine of his own to give the Warriors an early five-point lead.
A Randy Foye 3-pointer cut the lead to two. Golden State responded with a 7-2 run to take a 16-9 lead. The Warriors settled for a five-point lead after the first 12 minutes.
Golden State extended the lead to 12 early in the second quarter, but Utah quickly climbed back to within five. The Warriors finally broke the game open late in the quarter, scoring 10 straight to lead by 15 with just over two minutes left in the first half.
Both teams shot under 40 percent in the first half. The difference was the Warriors were 7 of 9 from beyond the arc and made all 12 free throws. The Jazz were 4 of 8 on 3s, but shot just 3 of 7 on free throws.
Golden State also forced eight turnovers, including seven steals, which led to 12 points. Utah forced just three turnovers for seven points.
Curry led Golden State with 18 points in the first half. Jack had nine points and two steals. Utah was led by Jefferson and Foye with eight points apiece.
After blowing a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Lakers, the Warriors never came close to doing the same against the Jazz. The closest Utah got in the second half was nine. Thompson scored 10 points in the third quarter.
Utah coach Tyrone Corbin did not play his starters in the fourth quarter and the Warriors extended the lead to 22.
The Warriors shot only 40.2 percent for the game, but were 9 of 18 on 3s and 19 of 20 on free throws. The Jazz shot 38.6 percent, made just 4 of 17 3-pointers and 15 of 22 free throws.
“It was a great team effort,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “We defended and held them to a season low with 83 points. We paid attention to detail and played our pace.”
Golden State scored 25 fastbreak points and held Utah to just five. The Warriors also tied a season-low with just 10 turnovers.
“It’s a big road win for us, especially after the way we finished the game at home against L.A. this past weekend,” said Curry. “We were on a mission to come out and play well and keep our road swag the way we have early in this year. Everybody stepped up and played a physical game and did what we had to do to get the job done tonight.”
Golden State improved to 19-10 on the season and 11-6 on the road. Utah fell to 15-15 and 9-3 at home.
The most exciting play of the game came early in the second quarter.
Kanter grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled hard by Carl Landry. Kanter took exception and pushed the ball and Landry away.
Jack was about to have some words with Kanter when he was shoved by Derrick Favors. Jack and Favors got into it and had to be separated. Technical fouls were called on Jack, Favors and Kanter.
“There were some comments made about our basketball team, basically calling us a soft team,” said Jack. “I think tonight, and not just tonight, but over the course of the season, we showed that’s not the case. That was kind of the old stigma with the Golden State Warriors, but I think this group is an ultimate bunch. I’m not pointing towards any altercation – that’s not being tough. Tough is being able to go on the road, withstand runs, mentally execute all of your plays and tune out this noisy crowd that always keep them in games, and still come in here and execute and be successful.”
Notes: Lee had his career-long streak of scoring 20 or more points snapped at 12 games. Lee is averaging 22.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists in December, while Curry is averaging 22.2 points, 7.1 assists and 4.8 rebounds. Biedrins grabbed double-digit rebounds for the first time since Jan. 17, a span of 58 games. The Warriors improved to 2-7 when being outrebounded. Golden State improved to 60-100 all-time against Utah.
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